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AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

AWEE mentoring program, earns 3-year, $1M grant

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Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) has received a three-year $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for a mentoring-based program designed to provide stability and reduce recidivism for up to 200 high-risk women being released from Perryville Prison. Eligibility for the Women Living Free (WLF) program will begin with a screening process… Read More →

Realtor.com says Gilbert is biggest boom town

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Realtor.com® today released its list of America’s Top ‘Boom Towns’. Led by Gilbert, Ariz. (85297); Los Angeles (90012), and Dallas (75201), these neighborhoods are striking it rich when it comes to new home construction, job creation and an increasing number of households – the gold mine for housing market growth. “The strength of the residential… Read More →

Abrazo hospitals offer free stroke risk assessments

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Abrazo Community Health Network’s hospitals are offering free StrokeCheck events  in May to raise  awareness about stroke risk factors, symptoms and treatments. Stroke is the fifth highest cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke once every 40 seconds, according to the American… Read More →

Valley Partnership takes a look at hospitality industry

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Valley Partnership‘s annual monthly breakfast on April 29th will cover two major hospitality projects under construction in Paradise Valley – a new Ritz-Carlton and redevelopment of the iconic Mountain Shadows resort. The panel will feature Christopher Klecka, CFO of Five Star Development (Ritz-Carlton); Scott Lyon, founder and managing partner of Westroc Hospitality (Mountain Shadows); and Jeff… Read More →

Cox launches effort to close the digital divide

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Cox Communications launched a major investment in its efforts to narrow the digital divide through its support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative. Cox Communications is extending its Connect2Compete low-cost Internet offering to any HUD-assisted household with school-age children within Cox’s 18-state service area. It is the first Internet service provider within the ConnectHome umbrella… Read More →

ASBA hosts 2016 Small Business Administration Awards

Small Business Administration Awards

The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) will be hosting the 2016 Small Business Administration Awards at its 23rd Annual Enterprise Business Awards Luncheon, part of the Arizona Small Business Conference on May 5th. The event will be at the Arizona Biltmore at  2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix 85016 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The luncheon… Read More →

Arizona unemployment rate drops to 5.4%

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Arizona’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.5 percent in February to 5.4 percent in March, according to the Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics. The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4.9 percent in February to 5.0 percent in March, according to the report released Thursday. A year… Read More →

Final Four organizing committee hires staff

VCU, Butler, UConn and Kentucky will play in Houston this weekend for the NCAA basketball Final Four. Winners continue to the National Championship game

Four staff members have been hired by the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee (PLOC), which is collaborating with the NCAA to host the 2017 Phoenix Final Four. “We’ve put together a strong team with experience executing major sporting events in Arizona,” PLOC Executive Director and CEO Dawn Rogers said. “There is much work to be done… Read More →

Top 10 companies hiring in the next month

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Things are looking up for those looking for jobs in Arizona. The state finally matched its pre-recession employment levels in December, even though Arizona took longer than the rest of the nation to catch up. So if you’re looking to get back into the workforce or if you’re looking for a change, here are the… Read More →

Devereux Arizona acquires Youth and Families First

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Devereux Arizona, a leading behavioral health provider, announced the acquisition of Phoenix-based Youth and Families First (YFF).  The joining of FYY’s behavioral health services for at-risk youth and families in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson with Devereux Arizona’s wide spectrum of care spanning much of the state will bring much-needed support to more children and families… Read More →

Scottsdale-based Santy acquires L.A. PR firm

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Santy has acquired Los Angeles-based S+L Communications, a public relations agency with three decades of niche specialization in the fashion, action sports and outdoor industries. With the acquisition, S+L Communications becomes S+L PR, A Santy Company and taps into the digital prowess of the 20-year-old full service marketing agency, which is based in Scottsdale. Founded… Read More →

Boys & Girls Clubs plan ‘The Big Event’

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix’s (BGCMP) Connect volunteer group invites the public to its seventh annual charity gala – “The Big Event” – which will take place on at 6:00p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park. Guests can enjoy an evening full of fine cuisine,… Read More →

Arizona SciTech launches STEM education initiative

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Arizona SciTech, the state’s leading innovator and proponent of STEM education, announces the launch of a joint initiative between hi-tech businesses, community members, educators, students and parents to create the first ever AZ STEM School Community of Practice. A Community of Practice is based upon the latest business strategy, where various stakeholders come together; they understand that knowledge… Read More →

College Football Playoff has $273.6M economic impact

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The 2016 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship generated $273.6 million in economic impact, highest among Arizona’s eight college football title games, according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. An estimated 65,401 visitors came to Arizona for the 2016 College Football Playoff… Read More →

Massage Envy plans to hire 200 in Arizona

Massage Envy

Massage Envy, the massage and spa services co-op with 39 massage clinics statewide, is looking to hire 200 new employees. As the popularity of massage therapy increases, so does the demand for qualified massage therapists. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists has a projected growth of 23 percent by 2022 — much faster… Read More →